Media articles, blog posts, and social commentary reflecting on what it means to be Undetectable.
Check out Julio Montaner’s TED Talk, in which points out that the oft-quoted 96% reduction in transmission risk found in the HPTN 052 should in fact be 100%, as the one individual who seroconverted during the study did so before ARV treatment had a chance to come into effect. “In reality, if you give the treatment the opportunity to get on with its work, you will have zero transmission.” (10:45 into clip)
'Undetectable' Is the New 'Negative'? “With the news spreading across the Web of the PARTNER study showing that no HIV-positive individual with an undetectable viral load has transmitted HIV within the first two years of the study…”“…these results should build up your confidence so that you can be more open about your HIV status and, if you are HIV-positive, keep up on maintaining your undetectable viral load as well as being healthy.”
The ‘Swiss statement’ (2008) “An HIV-infected person on antiretroviral therapy with completely suppressed viraemia (“effective ART”) is not sexually infectious” “Subsequent clarification has established the Swiss did not actually mean to state there is zero risk under these circumstances, but that the risk of HIV transmission is within the normal bounds of everyday risks which they estimated to be in the region of 1 in 100,000”
Beyond "Poz" and "Neg": Five HIV Statuses, Plus a New One “I can count five HIV statuses, plus a new one. They entail different responsibilities, possibilities and risks. Let's review them on a continuum from the safest to the problematic ones.”
Stigma, Discrimination, Perceptions of HIV and Undetectable: 4 HIV Negative guys talk about what they Really thing of HIV positive guys (video on Huffington Post)
Today, diabetes is deadlier than HIV “To put it starkly, the latest statistics show that because of Haart, HIV now no longer reduces your life expectancy, while type-2 diabetes typically reduces it by 10 years” “As a doctor I can tell you that I’d rather have HIV than diabetes”
The Changing Landscape of Gay Sex: A Q&A “The sexual landscape is really changing for gay men, because of two things: PrEP, which lowers HIV risk by up to 99%, depending on how adherent you are to the daily medication, and the PARTNER study, which found that within couples where the positive partner had a viral load below 200 copies, there were zero new HIV transmissions. Put those together, and you have a whole new landscape.”
STUDY: Undetectable Guys Do Not Transmit HIV To Negative Sex Partners “A two-year study gives scientific credence to what many have long suspected: HIV positive guys who are on treatment and have an undetectable viral load are not giving HIV to their partners, not matter how hard they try.“
FUCK POZ GUYS! ”…if you have sex without condoms as a negative guy, the risk is probably lower if you do that with a poz guy who has an undetectable viral load than with anyone else.“
How Infectious are you with an Undetectable viral load? From THEBODY.COM, two experts debate “should HIV-serodiscordant couples always take preventive measure?”
Access to "Undetectable" Viral Load for All by 2020: AIDS Activists Demand New Model for the HIV Response "Currently, reaching and maintaining an “undetectable viral load” is the closest thing we have to a cure for HIV"
Is 'Undetectable' the New Safe Sex “The landmark Partner study…has so far found not even one case of an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load transmitting the virus to a partner.”
Should undetectable be the new conversation? “You don't become poz from playing with a healthy poz guy who's on meds/undetect... it's the supposed "neg" guys who lie or don't know their own status you should be worried about.”
The 11 biggest HIV and AIDS myths busted “Statistically, you are far, far more at risk if you have unsafe sex with someone who doesn’t know their HIV status”… than with “someone” who “knows they are positive and are on drug treatment”